The Simpsons: Season 4, Episode 17

Last Exit to Springfield (11 Mar. 1993)

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Homer becomes union leader and leads a company strike when Mr. Burns takes away the company dental plan.

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Homer Simpson / Window Cleaner / Worker / Gummy Joe / Droopy-Voiced Man / Ringo / Monkey / Photographer / Grampa Simpson (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Donut Woman / Quigley (voice)
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Lisa Simpson / Child at Dentist's (voice)
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Movie Villain / Football Player / Dr. Wolff / Carl / Diamond Thief / Donut Man / George / Crusher / Bumblebee Man / Chief Wiggum / Robots (voice)
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McBain / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Burns' Grandfather / Lenny / Wrestling Emcee / Paul / Goon / Principal Skinner / Kent Brockman (voice)
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Herself (voice) (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
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Mr. Burns revokes the dental plan from the power plant's union contract, and when Homer realizes that he'll now have to pay for Lisa's new braces, he leads the power plant employees on a strike, while Mr. Burns struggles to put an end to the rioting. Written by anonymous

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The producers tried to get several celebrities to play the creepy orthodontist, including Anthony Hopkins and Clint Eastwood, but to no avail. Finally, Anthony Perkins agreed, but passed away before it ever happened. Hank Azaria wound up playing the role. See more »

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The nitrous oxide cylinder at the end of the episode is marked N²O. Chemical formulas use subscript for numbers, at least nowadays (the original Berzeluis notation used superscript and was still used during the first half of the 20th century). See more »

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Mr. Burns: Now, let's get down to business.
Homer: [thinks] Oh, man. I have to go to the bathroom. Why did I have all that beer and coffee and watermelon?
Mr. Burns: Now Homer, I know what you're thinking. I want to take the pressure off. Now, it doesn't take a 'whiz' to know that you're looking out for 'Number One'. Well, listen to me, and you'll make a big splash very soon.
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Spoofs Batman (1989) See more »

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Classical Gas
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Written by Mason Williams
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"Hold Still While I Gas You"
31 May 2007 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This is the much hyped and Entertainment Weekly labeled "best Simpsons Episode Ever". Though I would not pick one Simpsons episode as "the best", this is deserves it's reputation. From the opening jokes about the union president (referencing Jimmy Hoffa) to Homer's epiphany ("Lisa needs braces"..."dental plan!"...etc.) to the large bird that looks like and laughs (?) like Mr. Burns, to Lisa playing "Classical Gas" at Lennie's request, this episode is brilliantly hilarious. Of course, nothing can top the insane dentist who accuses everyone of lying, shows Ralph the "Big Book of British Smiles" and shows Lisa the "poker" the "scraper" and "the gouger" so she won't be scared. And then...my personal favorite Simpsons line..."hold still while I gas you". The dentist was supposed to be voiced by Anthony Perkins, who unfortunately died shortly before they could get him.


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